Album #122 – Gris-Gris

Album #122

I really enjoyed this album. It was a mixture of the New Orleans sound (a mixture of R&B, Jazz and blues) as well as psychedelic rock. I did not know that Dr. John (also known as Mac Rebbennack) recorded an album that sounded like this in the late ’60’s. Dr. John became famous in the mid-’70’s and had some big hits including: Right Place, Wrong Time, Such A Night and Iko-Iko. He even appeared in Martin Scorsese’s 1978 film, The Last Waltz, chronicling The Band’s final concert.   He will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a few weeks and he is still touring and making great music. This album is not like the stuff I know from Dr. John. My favourite track off this album was the song, I Walk On Guilded Splinters which was written by Dr. John. I enjoyed the sounds on that track. It was cool and slick sounding. Dr. John was acting as if he had come from the tough streets of New Orleans and knew what it was all about. The rest of the album was a (sometimes weird) mixture of the two sounds I mentioned. But, it was far better than The United States of America. Overall, I give this album 4 out of 5.

Next: In-a-Gadda-da-Vida by Iron Butterfly

 

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